Malta coach Ghedin names provisional 23-man squad

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Malta coach Pietro Ghedin has named a 23-strong squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Group F qualifier against Slovakia, being played on Sunday, March 26 at the National Stadium (kick-off 20.45).

Ghedin’s first selection for 2017 contains some significant changes from his last squads for
the home qualifier against Slovenia (0-1) and the friendly defeat to Iceland (0-2) in
November.

“I believe that we’ve selected the players who are in the best form, the objective is to improve all the time. Players who harbour ambition to represent their country must give more, especially when playing for their clubs.This squad represents my technical choice after assessing the form of the players in the majority of the BOV Premier League and FA Trophy games over the past months.”

Jurgen Pisani, the Floriana flank defender, Balzan’s Samir Arab and Valletta forward Luke

Montebello are the only uncapped players in Ghedin’s provisional selection while captain

Michael Mifsud is the most representative one.

The Valletta FC striker has made a record 123 appearances for Malta.

Ghedin added: “Those players who have missed out can easily get back into the squad for

future games… it depends on them.

“We have also been monitoring Under-21 players who were in contention to make the

senior squad but our decision was to leave them with the U-21s for this month’s friendly

against Luxembourg and the qualifying match against Belgium so they gain more

international experience.”

PROVISIONAL MALTA SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Andrew Hogg (Hibernians); Henry Bonello (Birkirkara).

Defenders: Jacob Borg, Clifford Gatt Baldacchino (both Gżira United); Zach Muscat (Arezzo);

Sam Magri (Dover Athletic); Jurgen Pisani, Ryan Camenzuli (both Floriana); Ryan Camilleri

(Valletta); Samir Arab (Balzan); Joseph Zerafa (Birkirkara).

Midfielders: Gareth Sciberras (Birkirkara); Rowen Muscat (Valletta); Bjorn Kristensen

(Hibernians); Steve Pisani (Floriana); Luke Gambin (Luton Town); Paul Fenech, Ryan Fenech

(both Balzan); Mark Scerri (Sliema Wanderers).

Forwards: Michael Mifsud (Valletta); Andrè Schembri (Boavista); Jean Paul Farrugia (Sliema

Wanderers); Luke Montebello (Valletta).